First, some wonderful news: Last week Soo-yong told me he was promoted to associate professor with tenure at Penn State!
If anyone deserves tenure it is Soo-yong. He is incredibly bright and motivated, and has a stunning publication record. Last time I looked he had something like 40 refereed publications and almost a dozen chapters, with terrific pieces in Soc of Ed, Comparative Ed Review, AERJ, and so on… He has already established himself as a leading scholar of comparative education, who has really contributed to our understanding of social capital, shadow education, and several other important topics. But even if tenure is expected, it is always very exciting when the final news comes through.
Soo-yong is the very first student that I worked with who has earned tenure. I had the pleasure of co-chairing his dissertation with Dave Chapman a the U of Minnesota. It has been incredibly rewarding to watch Soo-yong launch his career right in front of my eyes.
Congratulations, Soo-yong! Your accomplishments are well-deserved!